The FIA Stewards have decided that teams can use two of their four annual curfew ‘jokers’ in one weekend without penalty.
This weekend Ferrari became the first team to break the curfew twice at one Grand Prix, and rivals are not happy with what the Italian team did.
In Sporting Working Group meetings the teams have discussed such an eventuality, and while no clear cut rule is in the sporting regs, a note sent by the FIA to teams at the Australian GP said: “It is our view that Article 30.19 prohibits a team from using two of their individual exceptions (“jokers”) in any one Event.”
However the wording of the current rule led to some doubt today. It says simply “each team will be permitted four individual exceptions to the above during a Championship season.”
After investigating the matter and considering elements such as the meaning of the word “individual” the stewards have now decreed that it did not prevent teams from doing it twice, and their decision set a precedent by saying that “no further action is necessary.”
Intriguingly the penalty agreed by the SWG for a fifth curfew breakage in a season is to have both of a team’s cars start from the pitlane.
Although if it happens the stewards have discretion, they have the power to impose that penalty…